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CRRI does it again......
Lifts ICAR Inter-zonal Championship Trophy in Row

Once again CRRI lifts the ICAR overall team championship trophy along with NDRI, Karnal in the ICAR Inter Zonal Sports Meet, 2008 organized by NAARM, Hyderabad at Railway Sports Complex, South Central Railway, Secunderabad from 17-20 Nov 2008. A total of 39 ICAR Institutes and NRCs participated in the meet and the tournament was conducted for 34 events in nine disciplines on knock-out basis.  The tournament was inaugurated by Dr. S.M. Illyas, Director, NAARM and Dr. R.P. Sharma, Project Director, PDP, Hyderabad was Guest of Honour on this occasion. 

The CRRI sports contingent consisted of 27 men and women participants who participated inPradeep Kumar Parida different individual and team events. The contingent was headed by Dr. R.K. Sahu, Senior Scientist as Chief-de-mission and supported by Shri B.K. Sahoo, AAO as Manager. In team events, CRRI won gold medals in 4 x 100 m relay race and Kabadi, individual gold medals in 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and 800 m, and silver medals in 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m race. In women events CRRI won silver medals in High Jump and Badminton.

Shri Pradeep Kumar Parida was adjudged the Best Athlete (men) and Best All-rounder (men) of the tournament winning six gold medals in 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m race in individual events and team gold in 4 x 100 m relay race and Kabaddi.

Visit of Director-General, ICAR
Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary, DARE and Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi visited CRRI on 28 Sep 2008 alongwith Shri A.K. Upadyay, IAS, Secretary, ICAR; Dr P.L. Gautam, Deputy Director-General (CS); and Dr S.P. Tiwari, Deputy Director-General (Edu). He visited the experimental plots as well as the research laboratories in different divisions and appreciated the research works carried out by the scientists on rice crop.
In his address to the staff, he satisfied about the overall development of the institute both in research and infrastructure and remarked the CRRI had 'moved forward.


Inauguration of the Oryza Museum

A state of art museum, inaugurated by Hon'ble Director-General, ICAR, Dr Mangala Rai on 28 Sep 2008 is the most recent inclusion in the institute's achievement list. The museum showcases the history, organizational information, information on rice technologies, scientific information on rice research and general information related to rice.

These information has been beautifully presented in form of postoers, translites, rotoglow, special frame, story telling board, press button board, diaromma, murals, paintings, video presentation, touch screen and live samples.


CRRI-Department of Agriculture, Orissa Interface Meeting
To formulate the strategies for increasing kharif rice production in the state, an interface meeting between CRRI and Department of Agriculture, Government of Orissa was held on 18 Jun 2008 under the Chairmanship of Dr M.P. Pandey, Director, CRRI. Deputy Directors of Agriculture, District Agriculture Officer, Subject Matter Specialists and scientists from CRRI were attended the meeting. In his presidential address Dr M.P. Pandey appreciated the steps taken by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Orissa for popularizing rice production technologies developed by CRRI and the enormous response from the farming communities towards rice varieties evolved by the institute. Dr B. Giri, Joint Director of Agriculture (SP&C) presented the status report on rice production scenario in the Orissa State and presided over the interaction session where scientists of CRRI participated to answer the quarries faced by state government officials/specialists while working in the field and also the scientists highlighted the new developments in integrated nutrient management, integrated disease management, integrated pest management, agricultural implements, machineries, new rice varieties released by CRRI. The programme was coordinated by the ECT division of CRRI. On the occasion minikits of the CRRI rice varieties were distributed to all the DAOs for testing in their respective agricultural districts.


Training programme on Control of Avian Influenza (Bird Flue)
A three days training programme on “Control and preparedness of Avian Influenza (Bird Flue)” was organized by Sub-Divisional Veterinary Officer of Cuttack Sadar in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Santhapur, Cuttack from 9-11 Jun 2008 at CRRI, Cuttack. The training was inaugurated by the District Magistrate-cum-Collector, Mrs. Sujata Kartikeyan, IAS. Dr K.S. Rao, I/c Director, CRRI; Dr Laxman Behera, CDVO, Cuttack and Dr G.C. Sar, SDVO, Cuttack and fifty other veterinary officers of Cuttack Sub-division were participated in the training programme. In her inaugural address Mrs. Kartikeyan highly appreciated the achievements made by the state department and emphasized up on the collaboration of the Animal Husbandry Department in such type of programmes with KVK, CRRI for strengthen the animal husbandry activity in the State. During these three days experts from State Animal Husbandry department shared their experiences and delivered lectures regarding cause, care and preparedness of Bird Flue to the participants. At the end Dr (Mrs) Jyoti Nayak, SMS (Home Science) offered the vote of thanks. Dr P.K. Mallick, SMS (Veterinary Science), KVK, Cuttack coordinated the whole programme at CRRI, Cuttack.



Rice Varieties Recommended for Release
Five rice varieties proposed by the CRRI were recommended for release for cultivation in Orissa by the Orissa State Seed Sub-Committee of Agricultural Crops.

Satya Krishna: Bred by double haploid breeding through anther culture at the CRRI, Cuttack, semidwarf (105 cm) rice Satya Krishna (CRAC 2221-43, IET 18312) matures in 135 days. It is suitable for kharif and rabi and also under SRI. It is resistant to YSB, moderately resistant to GM and WM, neck blast, leaf blast and sheath rot. The grains are long-slender with desirable grain qualities and high HRR.

Nua Kalajeera: Aromatic rice Nua Kalajeera (IET 18393) has short bold grains, high HRR, better elongation, fluffiness, intermediate amylase and soft GC combined with longer retention of its strong aroma during prolonged storage. It yields 3 t/ha.

Nua Dhusura: Tall, medium-late aromatic rice Nua Dhusura (CR 2579-1, IET 18395) yields 3 t/ha of shortmedium grains with a pleasant aroma. It has a high grain elongation, fluffiness on cooking, intermediate amylase content, soft GC combined with translucent kernel.

Hanseswari: Tall, photo-sensitive rice Hanseswari (IET 11904) was recommended for cultivation in rainfed semi-deepwater areas of Orissa.

Chandan: Semi-dwarf, high-yielding, medium duration variety Chandan (CR 898, IET 17612) was recommended for cultivation in Orissa for boro/rabi summer. It is low tillering but has long and dense panicles. It is tolerant to YSB and BPH. Rice Chandan was superior to IR 64 and Lalat.


62nd Foundation Day of CRRI celebrated

The 62nd Foundation Day-cum-Farmers Fair 2008 of CRRI was organised on 23 Apr 2008. Shri Biswabhusan Harichandan, Hon'ble Minister of Rural Development, Industry and Law, Government of Orssa was the Chief Guest. About 500 farmers and farmwomen from different districts of Orissa were attended the programme. On this occasion different activities such as field visit, farmers-scientists interaction, video show, exhibition were organised. Eight progressive farmers as well as best workers from different categories of staff of CRRI were awarded with the certificates and prizes.